Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake…voila!

Crouching tiger hidden zebra cakeHow awesome does this cake look? And the name is amazing! I wondered where the crouching tiger came from at first but when it was baked, the tiger colours really came out!

I made this cake for James’s mums birthday after he set me the challenge to make an extravagant cake! This Lorraine Pascale recipe was passed onto me by a friend and this was really easy to make. Scooping the different mixtures to form rings was a little time consuming but be patient and take your time, it is well worth the effect!

You don’t have to cover it in frosting of course, it looks amazing either way but I wanted it to be a surprise inside! As soon as I made it I wanted to cut inside and see the effect but I had to wait until the candles were blown out!

I decorated mine with animal print candles too!


For the Cake:

  • 250ml of Sunflower Oil
  • 250g of Caster Sugar
  • 100ml of Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 1tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 475g of Flour
  • 2tsp of Baking Powder
  • 2tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 25g of Cocoa
  • Zest of half an Orange
  • 3tbsp of Orange Juice

For the Icing:

  • 150g of Icing Sugar
  • 75g butter
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • Zest of half of an orange


1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease your cake tin.

2. In a large bowl mix the sunflower oil, caster sugar, semi-skimmed milk, vanilla extract, eggs and 175g of the flour. Stir until combined thoroughly.

3. Once combined split the mixture into 2 separate bowls. To one of the bowls, add 175g of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda. Mix well until all combined and set aside.

4. To the other bowl add 25g of the cocoa, the final 125g of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda, 2 tbsp of orange juice and the zest of half an orange. Mix to combine.

5. In your greased cake tin, spoon a dollop of the chocolate mix into the centre. Then inside the chocolate mix, spoon a dollop of the vanilla mix to begin forming the rings. Keep repeating the process slowly and carefully add dollops into the centre of the other to form rings in the cake tin.

6. Once you have used all of the mix, transfer to the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.

7. Allow to cool before removing from tin. Whilst cooling you can prepare the chocolate orange frosting. In a bowl add the icing sugar, butter, cocoa powder, orange juice and orange zest. Mix together until smooth and at the consistency you like.

8. Using a palette knife to cover the cake with the frosting. Cut into the cake to see the pretty zebra pattern!

Tiger cake

zebra cake


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